Wednesday, June 6, 2007
My First Job
This week's creative challenge is to make something inspired by your first job. Well, that was a long time ago, LOL!
My first job was in a "five and dime" called Woolworth's, short for FW Woolworth's. Perhaps some of you have heard of it? I started there when I was 16, after school and on Saturdays, and basically worked on the bottom floor in the back of the store. With "promotions" you eventually worked your way up to the front, then upstairs, well you get the idea. I got my first promotion pretty quickly, BUT....
I never made it out of the basement as we called it. In fact a room as small as a closet became my domain. I became the sign maker for the entire store. I would go into work, go into my little room and there would be piles of little notes, almost like love notes, from all the departments telling me what signs they needed me to make.
Printing was antiquated, this was after all the early 1970s. I set the type using individual metal letters into a form (backwards, of course), using the proper sizes, styles,etc. Then I used a brayer to ink the letters. The ink was a beautiful aqua color, and I can still smell it if I close my eyes. Then I would lay down the sign blank which was precut to size, always white and a bit like posterboard. Close the lid, slide the roller, lift the top and voila, there you have the sign. I'd let them dry and then deliver them to the appropriate departments where they would be slid into metal frames.
Kind of like my own perpetual art show!
So...the above aceo was inspired by my first job, how? First, it's a sign. Second, it's a message to always move forward and go after your dreams. It will be available later today in my etsy shop.
So,what was your first job?